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    January 8, 2013
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been disastrous. >> we're in investigation mode. >> reporter: at the center of the investigation, the pilot, guy kleess, years of experience, was in control of the ship when the collision happened. >> the coast guard's interviewing the pilot right now trying to find out just like they're interviewing every member of the crew, trying to find out what happened. >> reporter: tonight we're learning more about kleess. the state board of pilot commissioners which oversees the pilots says he's among the few who is licensed not just in the san francisco bay but in sacramento. areas that aren't easy to navigate. >> the dynamic area, i have great respect for the pilots. >> reporter: and they have had a few bumps, three minor incidents since 2009. incidents that resulted in kleess undercan going additional training. >> they were very minor ins
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tents. the first one in 2009 was a minor grounding where the ship did not even get stuck. it just brushed up against the bank in the sacramento river. >> reporter: but the latest incident is by no means minor. and now the board, the coast gua guard, and the ntsb are all trying to get to the bottom of it. >> the lessons learned business and you evaluate and go over it with a fine-toothed comb. >> reporter: and we are back here live. you can see the lights of that oil tanker. it remains anchored in the bay as investigators describe it go through it with a fine-toothed comb. now, also, the ntsb has joined the effort. they have an investigator here in the bay area working in conjunction with the coast guard. also, the coast guard tells me tonight that they conducted alcohol and drug tests on the pilo pilots. they say the results are in on the alcohol test and those results came back negative. reporting live on treasure island, i'm jodi hernandez, nbc
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bay area news. >> okay. thank you, jodi. so why was the tanker allowed to be traveling under the bay bridge when the visibility was down to just a quarter mile? that's the question that's at the center of some changes that could come in the wake of monday's accident. nbc bay area's arturo santiago joins us with more. arturo? >> reporter: this is a case even a prolific watchdog group was caught unaware. the good news is this didn't take a massive disaster to discover a critical short coming. on november 7, the 2007, this ship hit the tower and spilled more than 50,000 gallons of oil. shortly after the disaster, a new harbor safety plan was put in place. in it were guidelines for large ships operating in reduced visibility. nine critical maneuvering areas were identified in which ships are not allowed to set sail when
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visibility is reduced to less that half a mile. when the overseas reymar hit it yesterday, there was only a quarter mile visibility and a gap in the safety plan has been exposed. >> for example, that shipping channel from the bay bridge to the oakland astuary is covered by the restrictions. however, it looks like maybe the bay bridge itself is not part of the restrictions. >> reporter: the executive director of san francisco baykeeper, and she is on the harbor safety committee. she tells me the bay bridge should definitely be listed as a critical maneuvering area. >> it seems that there's a possibility that just a slight change to the rules will bring the bridge into a critical maneuver. >> reporter: making the change could take a few weeks. the harbor safety committee meets thursday, and the item is not on the agenda. it will meet again next month. until then, the investigation into how the ship hit the bridge
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continues as does the work to close the gap in the san francisco harbor's committee safety plan. >> it was a close call and a good opportunity for us to look at all of our planning and response systems. >> reporter: now the harbor safety committee is not only going to go over those critical maneuvering areas, they're going to review their entire harbor safety plan. live in san francisco, i'm arturo santiago, nbc bay area news. >> okay. thank you, arturo. of course after continuing coverage of the story including raw video and pictures of the damage, you can find it all at nbcbayarea.com. new tonight at 6:00, hospital staff called into action today when a utility failure disrupted the water supply at one of the hospital campuses in oakland. it happened around 1:00 this afternoon. forced to call a code dry which means no use of water except for urgent patient needs. they say they have minimal disruptions to essential food,
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water, and supplies. less than an hour ago that was canceled. as a precaution the medical center has postponed all elective surgeries for at least 24 hours. on the peninsula now, an apparent case of a driver mistaking the gas for the brake. a car crashed into a building today at palo alto's town&country shopping certainty. the car was pushed into one of the shops by another car which also hit two parked cars. thankfully no one was hurt. the car did go through a storefront. it struck an employee entrance at the rear of the building, as you can see a. construction crew was working. a man facing murder charges in connection with a new year's day liquor store crash pled not guilty today. david morales is charged with two counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder. morales lost control of his car and slammed into another car which then hit a liquor store killing two people inside. today morales' attorney called the charges too harsh and
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accused of prosecutor of overreaching. told the city has a zero tolerance policy and morales is a known gang member. governor brown is telling a federal court that enough is enough. he wants to end the years of federal oversight of california's prisons. the prison system, i should say. the governor pointed to a huge stack of books and binders. you see that to the right of him, which he says constitute 25 court-ordered studies and research costing tens of millions of dollars. brown says at some point the job is done. >> but i really think we've had some good people working on it and after decades of confusion and mismanagement, our prison system is under some very tough leadership. >> the fed stepped in after a judge found the prisons were overcrowded and lacked basic medical care. california has made significant progress and that the inmate population is down by 43,000
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people since 2006. he adds california has done a lot to address the deficiencies in its prison mental health programs. a computer hitch is being blamed for a problem that's left tens of thousands of californians unable to use their electronic benefit card to buy food and other critical supplies this week. the problems started sunday when about 40,000 were inadvertently canceled after a software update. the state issued cards could be used at grocery stores, farmers markets, even some restaurants. the problem is expected to be fixed by the end of the day. the people who still have problems can get replacement cards at county social service centers. >> san jose al fresco. it may look more like san francisco and oakland with more places to sit outside to have a meal or a cup of coffee. the san jose city council voted today to create pilot programs for curb cafes known as parks. kris sanchez joins us from city hall in san jose. kris, these are popular when and
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where in san jose? >> reporter: well, you can expect to see them within the next year or so. they have been champing at the bit to make this a reality and even before the vote was cast today there were business owners who had their plans ready to go. not a bad day for a steaming bowl of soup in san jose but most days in san jose are sunny and warm enough to step outside. that's one of the reasons the owners of 569 want in on san jose's curb cafe program to turf select parking spots. >> i think it's a conflict between here and downtown but certainly beautify the street and small business as well. >> reporter: a few year's back the city did something similar along south first street only that time the redevelopment agency footed the bill to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars. this time businesses who want the curb cafe must pay to maintain them without a cent from the city allowing the businesses to customize the curb
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cafe for their own businesses. ricardo's request a simpler application process with a one-time $600 construction permit and a $500 sidewalk cafe permit renewable every year for $75. what we found is we could do it faster and they could do it less expensively. >> ricardo says it will happen through a coalition of the willing. and if neighboring businesses are not onboard with the curb cafe or the decreased parking, it won't happen. >> i'm kind of jealous the next door neighbor is having all this patio space and people sit there. i don't. >> reporter: look to san francisco and the parklets there or oakland to see that the concept can work even in cities where parking spots are hard to come by. >> there's always second street and san fernando. and then we have the other side and the right side. i think there's still parking available.
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>> reporter: it might take getting use d to not being able to park exactly in front of where you want to dine. during the one-year pilot period the city will only permit five of these curb cafes, parklets, as they're called throughout the bay area. if they work, we may see more. kris sanchez, nbc bay area news. >> okay. thank you, kris. tonight might not be the night to sit outside, though. coming up, big changes just around the corner, jeff. that's right. some of the coldest air not only of the season but of the past year looks to arrive as we continue throughout this week. the possibility of low snow. how low that snow will go. that will be improving on wednesday. we have it all in a few minutes. >> and an update on jerry brown's health. what he's saying about his second battle with cancer. also? i'm scott budman at the consumer show. they're lighter, they're brighter. they're thinner and they're on their way to your living room.
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coming up a peek at the televisions of the future and why we may all look better soon. >> shifting testing in california schools.
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tonight a new plan to change california's standardized testing at our elementary and high schools. the state superintendent of public instruction made a new recommendation today. he wants to move from multiple choice tests to those that require students to think critically, solve problems, and show a greater depth of knowledge. a task force met for six months and came up with that recommendation. believes the new testing will likely provide students with the real-world skills they need for college and for a career. now it's up to the state legislature which must improve the new design and issue guidelines before education officials can start rewriting
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the test. if they get the green light, the new exams could debut in the 2014-'15 school year. >> the online courses aren't getting the hit they hoped for. the university spent more than $4 million marketing new online courses. the plan was to offer uc quality courses online to anyone including those not enrolled at the school. classes cost between $1,400 and $2,200. only one non-uc student signed up for an online class in the past year. another major problem, others like stanford and harvard offer many for free. you are watching one right now. of course talking about the it tv set. >> the hottest ticket at the consumer electronics show in las vegas and our business and tech reporter scott budman to peer into the future. do you get to sample all of
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the these? is it for sale or just display? >> reporter: these are all samples. they're not for sale yet. sort of what you will be able to buy and that goes for a lot you're about to see. the future is bright and the future is very thin if you're a television set. they're still big draws and they're getting better. when it comes to television, we still like things big. the big screen, high resolution, you know, to impress our friends who come over to watch sports or strange reality shows. but after the big push from 3d-tv turned out to be an idea whose time had not yet come, tv manufacturers changed the game a bit. now they're making television to improve on things we already like. >> really the direction we're all headed in in this show is perfecting that thin tv. we're talking now about tvs that
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are three credit card thin if you can believe that. it's really thin across the board. >> reporter: as in a better, sharper picture. at panasonic they're showing off organic light emitting diodes, lg and samsung talk about 4k television. give it time and we'll all call it a better package. this tv is super thin with the slightly curved screen so everyone can see better. >> that's the best part with the five-degree curve. it opens it up for the audience. there's not a bad seat in the house anywhere. >> reporter: another trend, greener tv sets. scoring higher ratings with environmentalists. >> the whole manufacturing process from supplies to -- from cradle to cradle.
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from beginning to end. the designers considerate it, the engineers consider it and we make sure everything is easy to recycle, easy to take apart. >> reporter: big screen, big show. in the big picture,he tv making industry is getting a little thin. all right. thin and big. we also have a lot of smaller gadgets that don't get a whole lot of attention but they're cool. this you attach to your bicycle. you pedal and it generates energy. we have a lot of ultra books. you still see a lot of these hybrid laptop/tablet computers. this is a digital scale. it actually connects to your smartphone and it will smile at you if you lose weight. it will frown at you if you gain weight. so technology with a little personality. we will have all sorts of gadgets over the next couple of days from here. i'll send it back to you. >> i don't want to be taunted by my scale any more than i need to be. >> thank you, scott. >> it may be a boy scout
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recommended for the rank of eagle scout after a year of turmoil and public pressure. back in october ryan anderson's application for promotion was denied, as you know, by his troup leader because he admitted he's gay. his mother sent in an online petition demanding fairness for his son. he was a guest on ellen degeneres' talk show. now there's word that a san francisco review board for the scouts has unanimously approved the promotion. ryan's parents are calling it a huge victory. however, the boy scouts national organization is still denying his application. we turn things over to our chief meteorologist, jeff ranieri. quite literally it is freezing in many parts of the bay area tonight. >> it is going to be dropping down to the freezing mark again. after starting off with so much fog, visibility down to a quarter mile and less. we're seeing it improve this afternoon.
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limited across san mateo, that's where we'll have the best chance, again, as you look at tomorrow morning for patchy fog to develop. otherwise for today, once the fog clears out, a lot of sunshine. temperatures even popped up into low to mid-50s in the south bay. 61 and 62 currently for that daytime high in gilroy. current numbers in the upper 40s and low 50s. let's take you outside of that live hd sky network on this tuesday. we have the haze out here. poor air quality. that's all getting better as we head throughout the next 48 hours with some weather changes that include much colder air coming into the mix. you can see the golden gate bridge. let's get you to the weather changes. the storm track is just off to the north. it's going to continue to swing down. it will provide a chance of some rain but most notably over the next few days, it's about the coldest air of potentially the past year arriving here across the bay area. that's going to bring not only
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the chance for more fog but also some showers to the north and snow levels that could go as low as 1,000 feet. we'll start to see the chance of showers increasing by 2:00 p.m. tomorrow. not expect iing too much. the best chance of accumulating rainfall as we head throughout thursday morning, when we have the best chance of some low snow across the bay area. not a whole lot of moisture with that storm system as it moves in. so we're only looking at the a dusting from the north bay hills all the way down into the south bay. we are tracking the changes that will allow temperatures tomorrow to warm up into the low to mid-50s. more coming up in just a bit. >> okay, jeff, we'll see you shortly. officials announcing preliminary plans to create new protections for a river that runs through the national park. the court-ordered plan to protect the merced river was posted today on the park's website. it includes capping the number of daily visitors to just under
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20,000 and banning new rentals. visitors will still be able to use their own on the merced river but the specific area to avoid banks from being eroded. one unpopular change considered closing the wintertime curry village ice rink. the park will take public comment before any changes take place. it is a landmark california law once considered untouchable, but is it time to throw out prop 13 or change it? why lawmakers may now be able to do the unthinkable. plus -- >> reporter: san jose is looking for a new top cop by marianne favro. i'll take a look at the questions the new candidate may face. and a special delivery for team oracle. they're back in business
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california's prop 13, the historic tax cut initiative changed the flow of state politics. $600 billion, billion, dollars in property taxes.
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okay. that's good. meanwhile, local governments have suffered and counted on the increasingly unreliable state fund to help them out and those funds are harder and harder to come by. >> voters have balked at changing prop 13 so why is it even potentially that we could change it now? >> yeah, two factors have converged here, come into play. first, annual state deficits. they have made it increasingly difficult to provide enough funds for all kinds of local government programs including local health, sanitation, education -- you name it. and being second, with the democrats enjoying that rare two-thirds majority, something we've been talk iing about, may have that in the legislature, they now have the necessary two-thirds vote to place the constitutional changes before the voters. >> okay. no one wants their own taxes changed. they want other people's taxes changed. so what changes could be on the table? >> isn't that true? >> two separate proposals would lower the approval threshold. one on transportation and the other on partial taxes back to
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that 55% level we already see for school bonds. more a.mbitious proposal, by th way, would generate higher taxes on commercial property while leaving taxes at the 1% rate. so a split assessment role, they call that. >> that would have been the most popular of all those out there. is it even a possibility? >> reporter: popular and controversial. it's hard to tell. we're almost two years out. it would be november of 2014. recent public opinion polls show some support for these kinds of changes. let's not count out business groups that would be most affected, the taxpayers association because when all is said and done, they'll have a lot to say. still, to your point, this is the first time anyone is discussing that idea. it is newsworthy and a story to watch for the next couple of
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years. >> a hot potato people may be willing to touch. thank you very much, larry. a lighthearted moment during governor brown's news conference. people laughed as he brushed off his recent bout with prostate cancer. >> i'm ready and rearing to go and don't expect me to leave too soon. >> the 74-year-old governor says he's all done with his radiation treatment and is working a full schedule and plans to deliver his state of the state address on january 24. >> the bizarre accident that shut down the office for oakland school leaders. >> also, questions about the questions. the new criticism the city wants to ask its next police chief. and i'm janelle wanning. new details in the colorado theater shooting massacre. and a topic of gun control front and center. the nra and the white house prepare to meet face-to-face.
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the clock is ticking. san jose hoping today's replacement for outgoing police chief. by the end of the month if not sooner. tonight, a closer look at the questions the city council wants to ask any potential candidate. there's criticism what the council is and is not asking. marianne, you actually got your hands on the proposed question. >> reporter: i do. it's very important because chief chris mohr leaves the job on january 18th. who will be the top cop, a leader who will take on 0 rising crime? asking the top kabd datz for the position.
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the questions include everything from policing to diversity. the police officer's association called them softball questions that sidestep big problems. >> and didn't see one word about murder. didn't see one word about rising crime rates. didn't see the word exodus. hundreds of officers the last few years. this department is in a free fall. i don't think you get that flavor reading these questions. >> reporter: he says the department really needs a leader who will fight for the officers and the community. >> they're not going to ask you the question but how is this chief going to stand up against the policies this council and this mayor are getting us in this mess? >> reporter: the community advisory board, while she says the questions are good, she agrees they're not complete. >> one of the things that i think is a real issue there is a real lack of women police officers in san jose. when you look around other
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departments around the country and stuff like that, they have a far better ratio. >> reporter: she also says there should be more questions about how a new chief would handle a diverse community including gays and lesbians. the city manager is expected to present the city council with a top candidate in the next two weeks but some question if by that point the council's questions will really make a big difference in whether that candidate becomes san jose's new police chief. and the city manager has not yet named an interim police chief when chris mohr leaves. now if you would like to take a look at the 17 questions, all you have to do is go to our website, nbcbayarea.com. we've posted them all there for you to look at. reporting live in san jose, marianne favro, nbc bay area news. >> marianne, thank you. tonight we're awaiting autopsy results of a teenager found dead in a snow bank in south lake tahoe last week. police say alyssa byrne got lost
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and at some point apparently took off her jacket while walking. it was colder than 10 degrees that night. deputies are reportedly investigating if alcohol, drugs, or hypothermia caused her to become disoriented. a utility worker found her body on the side of a road four days after she disappeared. investigators do not suspect foul play. there's a lot to do with the oakland school district's administrative headquarters. people showed up to work this morning at the building, they found their offices flooded. the school district believes someone left a cap on in the custodian's closet overnight that cap released three gallons of water per minute all night long. employees were told to stay home today and some will have to work out of home offices the rest of the week. school services weren't affected, though. haunting new details surface in a colorado courtroom as more witnesses testify against the suspect of last summer's movie theater massacre.
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we bring in bay area's janelle wang who has the latest in our world tonight. prosecutors played several 911 calls from the night of the shooting. on one call 30 gunshots could be heard. on another a 14-year-old girl said her cousin had been shot and the dispatcher was trying to walk her through cpr. also today an fbi agent gave specific details about the booby trap found in james holmes' apartment, a labyrinth of wires, homemade napalm this week's hearing will determine if it there's enough evidence to go to trial. 25-year-old holmes accused of killing 12 people in a crowded colorado movie theater last july. a day of remembrance for the victims of another shooting massacre. today marked two years since the gunman opened fire at a tucson meet and greet event for then congresswoman gabrielle giffords. she and her astronaut husband used today to launch a new initiative to curb gun violence.
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the suspect jared loughner has been seven it tensed to life in preside prison. gun control front and center at the white house. the national rifle association was invited to meet with the obama administration on thursday including vice president joe biden. biden is heading an anti-gun violence task force in the wake of the newtown tragedy. the white house says the nra is one of many groups that will attend that meeting. overseas, the only suspect jailed in connection with the attack on the consulate in benghazi has been freed. the attorney for 28-year-old said he was released because of lack of evidence. he was arrested back in october and held in his native country of tunisia. on september 11, militants attacked the consulate and killed four americans including u.s. ambassador and bay area native chris stevens. three of the five men charged with gang raping and beating to death a young woman in india are expected to plead not guilty. that is the advice they've been given by their attorneys. all five men are in court this
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week accused of attacking a student as she was riding the bus. there are reports that two of the suspects might testify against the other three in a deal to escape the death penalty. a sixth suspect is being tried in juvenile court. google's top executive wraps up his first full day. schmidt visited a computer lab at a university in pyongyang where students there are among the very few to have access to the web in north korea. the trip was organized by a former new mexico governor bill richardson who has had had success negotiating with north korea in the past. there are reports that part of their trip is to it advocate the release in north korea. >> thank you very much, janelle. still ahead, the product being recalled after being linked to mold, of all things. and eldercare for the animal kingdom is teaching humans at the san francisco zoo. and good evening.
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i'm jeff ranieri in the weather center. we're tracking this weather whiplash. temperatures dropping some 15 to 25 degrees by thursday. and we're also tracking the chance of incoming low snow in just a few minutes.
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an important note for many parents. today fisher price recalled its rock and play sleeper. here it is. this infant sleeper was recalled because of a risk of mold developing between the removable seat cushion and the hard, plastic frame. the u.s. product safety commission says mold has been associated with infections and respiratory illness. fisher price has received 600 reports of mold on the sleeper. 16 people said their babies were
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treated for respiratory issues, coughs, and hives after using the product. >> give us more about the cold weather. one day of the year and it's going to be super cold. >> and even colder, get two more chances. >> put the coat in the closet. >> it's clear right now, setting up for that colder weather, details on how low that thermometer will go. the san jose sharks are ready to take the ice and one of their key players discusses his excitement to get back into action. plus, it's the biggest game of the 49ers season and patrick willis could be on the bench. hey, we're live in santa clara with all the details next. whatever you're in the mood for, sizzler's endless salad bar has over 50 delicious choices. soups, salads, appetizers, and more starting at $8.99 for lunch. sizzler. where fresh is fun.
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funny, clever, and a trickster for wearing a shawl. the chimpanzee died sunday after a long battle with heart disease and breast cancer. but as nbc bay area's joe rosato jr. shows us, had will be remembered for being a zoo favorite since the '60s and a well respected leader of four chimp troops.
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>> reporter: an absence in the place where tulula the chimp would have normally lounged with her mate. >> came over and participated in their normal routines the last couple mornings but they're a little more subdued. >> reporter: and keepers at the zoo were quieter, too. after all, she had been a fixture there for 45 years. >> a big loss for us. a big loss for the chimpanzee and the zoo, for our visitors. she really connected with our visitors here and people recognized her. >> reporter: tulula died sunday after a lengthy battle with breast cancer and heart disease. 1967 after living her early years as a pet. >> tulula was raised as a child. she was dressed, she ate at the dinner table with her family. >> reporter: like her exhibit mate, tulula was up in years, one of the oldest captive ch chimpanzees in the u.s. she developed practices for caring for older animals. >> some of the modifications we
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made were additional steps so her steps didn't have to be so wide and so long. >> reporter: the zoo has a number of animals who have lived beyond egs peck taxpectations. and the polar bear is 30. >> she is on borrowed time. our polar bears are well past even the polar bear longevity. >> reporter: and so the zoo has added soft grassy areas and encourages pico to swim as much as possible and then there's medication. >> she is actual ly on a medication which is something that people take for, like, arthritis, sore joints. she has bad hips. >> reporter: keepers even brought in oncologists and cardiologists to review her care showing that even in a zoo the elderly deserve some pampering. >> the older they are, the more you get attached to them. the more steps you've staken and
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they're not going to live forever. >> reporter: joe rosato jr., nbc bay area news. >> so much like people. well, she will be missed. >> let's bring in jeff ranieri with our chilly forecast for the rest of the week. >> yeah, numbers continuing to go down this hour and not only the cold coming our way but also on the doppler radar it will get active here, tracking a few showers. get you outside of that live sky camera network on this tuesday. and we have the haze with us with that poor air quality that we observed for today. but as that cold air starts to push in across the bay area, that will push all of this poor air quality out of view. let's get you up into emoriville right near the bay and you can see san francisco shining bright for tonight. not expecting anything nearly as bad as what we had this morning when it comes to that dense fog. let's get you back to the weather boards and it's all about this cold dome of air sitting out in the pacific. in fact, some of the coldest air not only of the season but as we've been saying over the past 12 months is set to arrive the
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next two to three days. temperatures dropping tomorrow 10 to 20 degrees and also some extremely low snow levels. however, with the snow levels going down, the problem we're going to get into is not a whole lot of moisture is left. tomorrow a chance of showers at 2:00 p.m. more consistent and best chance of any kind of rain activity coming early thursday morning at 5:00, 6:00, and 7:00. and you can see the best chances here near the coast and also the peninsula. not even expecting much. little but nothing back for the east bay and the south bay. so at 7:00 a.m. on thursday, that's the highest chance here of getting any kind of low bay area snow. you can see the accumulated precip only anywhere from trace amounts to 0.2. if we get anything at all in terms of low snow it's a dusting and it's likely going to be in areas at 1,000 feet and/or higher. if you're traveling on skyline boulevard, anywhere near mission peak, across the east bay hills, santa cruz mountains or near twin peaks in san francisco, you may get a snowflake for maybe a
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minute or two at this point on thursday morning. so some rare low snow coming our way and it's not going to be as low as on february 26 in 2010, if you remember that. we had snow all the way down to the floor there in san francisco so not going to be historic in that respect but definitely something to talk about. for tonight, numbers dropping to the mid-30s up into santa rosa. 42 in san jose and also los gatos. patchy fog, not expecting it to be as dense as this morning. low to mid-50s here as we head throughout tomorrow with breaks of sun as we head into the afternoon hours. 54 in san rafael and 53 san jose. that chance of showers here thursday morning. some sun by the afternoon. dry there on friday and we're looking at dry weather here as we head throughout saturday and sunday. and for monday and tuesday of next week we'll step into more sunshine coming our way and one other item to add, king tide will be back. if you live near the coast or the bay. watch out for some rising water. we went through that last month, so those of you who had that water rising, you know who you
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are. >> thank you, jeff. >> you're welcome. >> special delivery today from new zealand to san francisco. and it wasn't cheap. it's all about this summer's america's cup. >> the home team has been unable to prepare for the big race since mid-october after that cap size but as our lauren scott shows us the tides are changing. >> reporter: a routine practice day on the bay for the oracle team usa. after an unforgettable cap size, the wing sail was severely damaged and several months later wing two for the ac-72 has arrived at their home base, pier 80. >> to see it come into the base is very exciting and i think a big step for this team. i think the big step is seeing it out on the water and the boat and it has been a lot of hard work and sacrifice from our team down in new zealand and up here. we're looking forward to getting it out of the water and rewarding those guys with some
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sailing and getting it out there on the racetrack. >> reporter: this second wing was already in production and after a three-week journey the wing arrived in the bay area just in time for a new phase of training. >> training exercises be any different now after this cap size? >> definitely. i mean, there will did he haefie early on in the sailing of this boat a lot more, say, conservative. >> reporter: aboard the america's cup to be staged on the bay with racing starting this summer, timing is critical for the team's defense of the cup. >> obviously we don't want to go out and make an error like that again. however, look, you don't know t. could happen to any of the teams. that is part of these boats, what they're about. certainly we'll certainly be taking it a lot easier on this boat. >> reporter: with team u.s. at pier 80, i'm laurence scott. let's bring in henry wofford and we are talking, of course, the big game, the 49ers.
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what have you got? >> absolutely. you know what, we have to talk football at this time, raj and jessica. at this point only the strong can survive. and this saturday the 49ers and packers will battle to stay alive in the playoffs. the loser will call it a season as the winner moves on to the nfc championship game. our mindy is at niners headquarters are the latest. mindy? >> reporter: henry, when the two teams met week one, the 49ers defense held the packers to only seven points until midway through the fourth quarter and forced green bay to punt six of seven of their first possessions. the defense is able to do that while patrick willis spent the most fintime on the sidelines ae has all season. >> you don't want to take out one of those inside line backers if you don't have to. when it becomes a matchup inside backer maybe can't handle or is at a deficit somebody else can
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handle better, you do what's best for the team. >> reporter: what was best for the 49ers in week one against the packers was taking out patrick willis. willis played a season low 68% of the defensive snaps in that game as green bay utilized quite a few for wide receiver set. >> it's always been the same responsibility for him and for me to stay on and play that p k package. i can do it but just keep him in. >> reporter: in a conference call, packers quarterback aaron rodgers said he noticed willis' absence. >> i didn't see him on the field in some of those situations. i was aware of it. >> looking middle. throws it up the middle. intercepted. >> reporter: bauman snagged his first career interception against the packers more than 70% of green bay's offensive plays were pass plays in that game and the 49ers do not expect
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to see the same thing on saturday. >> they probably played the most in the first game but they still mix it in every now and then. they did play more than they did the other games. they varied their offense. they can have anywhere from one receiver out there to four. and they mix it up pretty good in what they're going to do. they're a great challenge. >> reporter: and the packers have really improved their running game over the last eight games averaging more than 122 yards a game and that could bode well for patrick willis, henry. he may be on the field more in that situation. you talk about the strong, it may not matter. patrick willis in that week one win, well, even though he played a limited amount of time, he's still tied for second in tackles on the 49ers. in santa clara, mindy bock for nbc bay area. this just in, a short time ago raiders linebacker orlando mcclain was arrested in decatur,
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b alabama, for a window tint violation and a misdemeanor charge of giving a false name to a law enforcement officer. he later bonded out of jail. it's his second run-in with the law in just over a year. over to the ice now where fans are still waiting to view the 2013 nhl schedule. reportedly the league is targeting january 19th for its opening day. training camps are tentatively slated to begin this weekend. sharks forward ryan clough was on "chronicle live" and he's eager to win for the sharks fans. >> i know the fans will be the loudest they ever were. they missed out on a l of hockey. the most we could do is play hard on the ice. you know, win for the fans and i think we can do that. throughout the league the players will be more of a conscious effort to give back. >> before we get out of here, the giants 2012 and 2010 world championship series are about to
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make several stops throughout northern california. the first stop was sacramento. it was a great chance for fans to be world champs at least for one day. that will do it for sports, raj and jessica. good thing they took it to sacramento. the kings are never going to win a championship but that's about the closest the fans will get to a trophy. >> that's a low blow. >> it's fun taking your picture with the trophy. remember when we took our picture. very exciting. >> i'm trying to be funny and now i'm accused of a low blow. i quit, okay. >> thank you, henry. for a full half hour of bay area sports coverage watch comcast at 10:30. ♪
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tonight at 11:00, forming a connection. the one group that says it was isolated from the social world until facebook turned it all around. that's tonight at 11:00. >> looking forward to that. it is cold. >> we are looking at a chance of showers, spotty showers by tomorrow afternoon and we could see a light dusting of snow at 1,000 feet by thursday morning, 5:00, 6:00, and 7:00. >> and you usually have your blanket on set with us. >> i know. not prepared today. >> thanks for joining us v. a great evening.
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